A memorable experience, however, was made all the more remarkable with the performances demonstrated by those Bartow representatives.
Out of the 10 races each school qualified either swimmers or relay teams for, eight of those events trumped previous state-qualifying times.
Woodland, which had its boys 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams at state, improved dramatically in each race, including a 12-second difference for the 400 free relay team.
"All three relays broke school records, and they broke school records by a lot," said Woodland coach Joshua Ruger, adding that the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free teams broke school records by 4 1/2, 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 seconds, respectively.
Woodland's 200 medley team -- consisting of Travis Culp, Sky Jones, Zack Naelitz and Jason Wood -- had a qualifying time of 1:50.50 but swam a 1:45.69 in preliminaries, which gave it a 24th-place finish.
The school's 200 free team (Justin Coetzee, Wood, Naelitz, Culp) dropped its qualifying time from 1:36.11 to 1:33.48 in prelims. Woodland placed 18th in the event.
The 400 free team (Wood, Coetzee, Naelitz, Culp) made great strides in knocking their qualifying time down from 3:38.22 to 3:26.65 in prelims before a finals time of 3:26.50 for 14th place.
The state swim meet had previously been held at Westminster until making the move to Georgia Tech this year, a move evidenced in the times. Six state records were broken Saturday night, Ruger recalled.
"Some of it can be attributed to the fact we were swimming at Georgia Tech, home of the '96 Olympics ... but the boys worked their rear ends off and were in amazing shape," the Woodland coach said about his swimmers. "We had Jason Wood [Saturday] night in the finals. He led off the 400 relay in 50.62. ... He was less than a second from the school record."
Woodland's relay teams were not the only local teams, or swimmers, to perform rather exceptionally over the weekend.
Cartersville, which had state qualifiers in its girls 200 medley and 200 free relay teams as well as individual swimmer Elise Hart, saw its team rise to the occasion, too.
The 200 medley team (Hart, Emily Williams, Madeline Braid and Chloe Hobgood) entered state with a qualifying time of 2:07.39. It shaved a little more than two seconds to finish 36th in prelims with a 2:05.00.
Cartersville coach Mindy Surrett said the team moved its state ranking up by six spots with its performance.
"I was pretty pleased with that," Surrett said.
The 200 free team (Erin Williams, Emily Williams, Hobgood and Hart) essentially maintained its ranking with a swim of 1:54.02, good for 46th in the state.
"At least we didn't fall in the ranks," Surrett laughed.
As for Hart, who qualified in the 200 individual medley, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free and 100 backstroke, the young swimmer turned in a whale of a performance for her first go-round at state.
Hart swam the 100 fly in 58.97 -- better than her 1:01.89 qualifying time -- which set her up to finish 17th at state.
In the 100 backstroke, which she qualified for with a 1:04.82, Hart finished in 1:01.20 in the prelims before taking that number even lower with a 59.95 in the "B" final for 10th place.
"That's tremendous," Surrett beamed of Hart's five-second improvement. "She was pleased, and I was very pleased. Being a freshman, I'm looking forward to bigger and better things for years to come."
Hart's performance allowed her team to register a score as Cartersville finished 29th overall with seven points.
Woodland finished 40th on the boys' side with six points.
Adairsville and Cass each brought one swimmer to the state meet, Tyler Herron and Shane Walters, respectively.
After being disqualified with a false start in the 50 free, Adairsville's Herron responded by trimming a couple of seconds off her state-qualifying time -- from 1:12.19 to 1:10.59 -- to place 20th in the 100 breaststroke.
Cass' Walters finished the 50 free a wee bit off of his state-qualifying time of 23.05. His 23.08 at state tied him for 35th with Robert Maguire of Starr's Mill.
"Overall, he did awesome. He was great," Cass coach Nichole Michalke said of the county's record holder in the 50 free. "He came out with his second-best time ever ... so he did phenomenal.
"This is the first year we've ever had anyone go from Cass. He's also the only four-year swimmer [to come through the school]."
Walters' trip to state could have positive effects on the Cass swimming program.
"I've got a lot of underclassmen who have really been motivated from Shane. For one, he's a great kid. He's easy to work with," Michalke said. "He's been a huge motivator for the Cass High swim team."
The state swim meet further illustrated the growth of swimming in the county.
"It speaks a lot to the programs in Bartow County, about how much faster everybody is getting," Ruger said. "We had every school represented in at least one faculty, which is great.
"I got kind of lost in the meet [Saturday], just sitting there and taking it all in."
Ruger said his assistant coach and one of his swimmers eventually just picked up his chair and told him it was time to go.
"It was a really magical night."
And, for once, each Bartow program experienced it simultaneously.